Grasping grammar’s rules is always the hardest part when learning a new language. In comparison to the other languages such as Japanese and French, English grammar seems the easiest. However, a small mistake can completely change the meaning. We list below some of the most important English grammar rules to have at your fingertips.
Mind the Homophones
There are particular words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings. Even though homophones are spelt differently, they can create confusion and change the meaning of the sentence.
Some examples of the homophones include ‘I and Eye,’ ‘brake and break,’ ‘its and it’s,’ among others. Be careful when you are writing to choose the right spelling. Also remember that a word that you pick may have several meanings.
Use Conjunctions to Connect Ideas
A conjunction helps you connect two short phrases or ideas. Conjunctions also make your sentences more meaningful. Some examples of conjunctions include:
- Because – to provide a reason
- And – addition
- So – to explain a consequence
- But – to demonstrate contrast
Proper Use of Punctuation
English sentences are shorter and often have two or three clauses joined by a conjunction. To make your sentences effective and clearer, make it a habit to punctuate. Use commas to separate clauses and a period at the end of the sentence.
You should note that there are numerous rules for commas and among them is to separate items in a series. Understand all the rules in order to use them correctly.
Other important terminal punctuations include exclamation mark and question mark.
Learning all the grammar rules definitely needs some time, and of course, some guidance. Use the rules in practice and you will grow in confidence and proficiency. Contact us today to learn about our method and how we can help.